Ohio Sec. State Asks Supreme Court To Step In On Verification Battle

Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner has filed an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, asking for intervention into the state's dispute over voter eligibility verification, the AP reports. The 6th U.S. Court of Appeals earlier this week ordered Brunner's office to establish a system of verification that would match driver's license numbers or Social Security numbers with new voter applications, something the state Republican Party had asked for.

Over 650,000 new registrations have been turned into the state since January and Brunner's office say about 200,000 of them have mismatched data. But Brunner says there are multiple reasons why applications may be mismatched and said that a new process of verification could lead to disenfranchising voters. "If the Sixth Circuit's decision is allowed to stand, an untold number of legitimate voters in Ohio will be forced to re-establish
the bona fides of their vote before the county boards of elections, or they will stay home out of frustration or confusion," Brunner wrote in her appeal.

Meanwhile, the AP also reports that the FBI is investigating ACORN's role in voter registration fraud complaints in states across the nation. A law enforcement source told the wire service that the FBI is looking through the results of several raids on ACORN offices in various states to find out if there has been a "coordinated national scam."
  • Vaughn Ververs

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